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How to Become a Logistics Management Specialist

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Logistics Management Specialist

The job of a logistics management specialist is one offered by the military, government agencies, or private sector government contractors. Therefore, any individual working in these positions has a job that is somehow connected to the federal government. Because of this, many jobs require knowledge of or membership in one of the U.S. military divisions. Depending on their employer, logistics management specialists may provide advice about logistics costs and schedules for a particular program; determine the logistical impact on a program from changes in computer systems; provide the manpower, facilities, and equipment to implement a military mission or program; or create logistics plans to provide disaster support.

Logistics management specialists, because of their affiliation with the federal government, usually are paid good wages and enjoy competitive benefits. As with other government jobs, a measure of security is associated with the career. The work of a logistics management specialist is often time-sensitive and fast-paced, which can render it stressful. Logisticians usually work full-time during regular business hours; those that do work internationally may have more irregular hours to accommodate time changes with other nations.

Career Requirements

Degree Level Private sector government contractors may need a bachelor's degree; government agencies or military divisions may require at least a high school diploma
Degree Field Logistics or related field
Experience Private sector government contractors may need 5-15 years' experience; government agencies or military divisions often require 1-2 years of experience and military membership
Key Skills Multi-task, collect and analyze data, and use knowledge of logistics processes in problem solving; knowledge of military electronic systems; strong organizational skills; may need to be U.S. citizen and possess or be eligible for security clearance or Public Trust clearance
Median Salary (2016) $66,798 (for logistics management specialists)

Source: PayScale.com

This career requires that applicants have a combination of education and experience.

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Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Non-military members need at least a bachelor's degree in logistics or a related field to be eligible to work as logistics management specialists. Bachelor's degree programs in supply chain management, logistics, or logistics management typically require four years of study. Classes in these programs cover topics such as management fundamentals, supply chain management, global logistics management, procurement, transportation law, and quality systems. Some programs may allow students to concentrate in areas such as global logistics, systems management, or operations.

Complete courses pertaining to government. Most bachelor's degree programs include general education coursework. Completing courses focusing on American government practices, American laws, and other information can provide aspiring logistics management specialists with background information about the federal government, which may prove helpful in the future.

Determine eligibility for joining a branch of the military. Some branches of the military require that applicants for logistics management specialist job positions be eligible to join their branch. For example, a National Guard unit may require that any specialist applicants be eligible to become a member of the National Guard. If this interests you, you may check to see if you are eligible to join the military. This eligibility may make you qualified for more job opportunities.

Step 2: Start Working in Logistics

Most employers seek candidates with experience working in the field. To gain this experience, individuals might consider working as logisticians. These workers analyze a company's logistical needs, acquire products, and allocate resources to help a company operate.

Step 3: Work as a Logistics Management Specialist

After gaining experience, individuals may be eligible for logistics management specialist positions or advance to other leadership roles. Workers in these positions deal with the logistics for a government agency or branch of the military.

Logistics management specialists provide assessment, coordination, and support for all aspects of a program. Because employers are typically government agencies or government contractors, military experience or meeting the qualifications for membership in the military can be advantageous. A logistics management specialist usually holds a bachelor's degree in logistics or a closely related field and several years' relevant experience.

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